Most things that appear in our lives are the result of choices. Right now, I have….
- Three or four ebooks I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet.
- A wood recorder in the basement that I’ve never learned to play.
- A shelf board in the closet that I need to cut to fit a shelf opening.
This is because….
- A month or so ago, I chose to “pre-order” a few digital books from Amazon. They’ve all come in since then, and are waiting for me to read.
- A few years ago, my brother got a tenor recorder in excellent shape for free, and gave it to me. I intended, at that time, to learn to play.
- A day ago, I realized that I should put a board across the two center supports in my closet to make room for some clothes.
These are all decisions I made, at some point in the past, for reasons that made sense to me at the time. The question is:
Do those decisions make sense now?
- Decide to not read those digital books. Yes, I’ve paid for them, and I can’t return them – but that doesn’t mean I have to read them.
- Decide I’ll never learn to play the recorder, and get rid of it.
- Decide that cutting that board is just too much work, and not do it.
Having made a choice starts a chain of events. Starting a chain of events activates the mantras we’ve been taught about how “follow through is a virtue” and “you need to finish what you start”. But follow-through is only a virtue when the thing is worth doing, and you don’t really need to finish what you start – you just need to not expect others to finish it for you.
My past choices affect my future options – but they don’t necessarily dictate what I must do in the future. And that’s liberating, isn’t it?
What about you? What chains of events have you set in motion? Are they serving you well? And if not, what can you do to make it better?
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